Thanksgiving: Movies And TV Shows To Be Thankful For In 2022

Thanksgiving: Movies And TV Shows To Be Thankful For In 2022

I’m not going to beat around the bush here. It’s been a tough year. I mean, hell, the Queen of England he died. There is nothing darker than that. Lots of political turmoil, too, along with threats to democracy. But since this is Thanksgiving, it’s time to see the glass half full. The bad guys (and the girls) haven’t won. The good guys (and girls) keep fighting. The turkey is hot, the stuffing is flavorful, the potatoes are mashed, the cranberry is spicy, the biscuits are doughy, the beans are stringy, and the pumpkins and apples are breaded. Regardless of what happens in our lives, the typical festive culinary journey our taste buds take proves that things could be much worse. That, and football on TV too.

Also, we keep going back to movie theaters and traveling to see people and going out to restaurants, plays and concerts almost like the old days before the C word started to harden everyone’s peace of mind. The pandemic persists, but the fear surrounding it has largely subsided. We non-isolators are very grateful for that. Also, when it comes to film and television, there have been much more tedious times than 2022, like 2020 and 2021, for example.

In fact, there are a large number of quality projects that point to a creative zenith. Too optimistic? I am sorry I disagree. My cup of appreciation is overflowing for all of the following this year, and it’s not over yet:

“The Fabelmans”: Steven Spielberg The almost autobiographical saga based on his early family life is poignant and moving and edgy enough to keep us enthralled. Hello? michelle williams? It’s Oscar’s call.

She said”: No matter what you’ve heard or not, this is a great journalistic film that paints an extraordinarily accurate picture of hard work that gets results. Beautifully acted, too.

“The whale”: A dark and heartbreaking film featuring one of the greatest movie performances of all time from brendan fraser. It is also powerful and claustrophobic.

“Elvis”: Austin Butler becomes an electrifying representation of elvis presley in this biopic that’s more alchemy than impersonation. Director Baz LuhrmannHis broad instincts work well here.

“Everything everywhere, all at once”: A wacky-wonderful multiverse treat that jumps across genres and defies expectations with mind-blowing brilliance, with the incandescent michelle yeoh leading the way.

“Top Gun: Maverick”: Sure, it was cheesy and predictable, but as action movies go on the air, it was spectacular. And yes, I wouldn’t mind at all if tom cruise earned an Oscar nomination.

“Good luck to you, Big Leo”: A positively fearless and raw performance from emma thompson wears this underrated gem of a movie that focuses on a woman’s post-marital sexual awakening. Fun and exhilarating to watch.

“Women Talking”: A gripping and heartbreaking drama that was brilliantly conceived by writer-director Sarah Polley and an all-star cast headlined by Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley Y Frances McDormand.

“The Good Nurse”: I got to the end of this thriller before realizing the title was referring to Jessica Chastain character instead of the evil murderer masterfully interpreted by eddie redmayne. He manages to tell his story based on facts without judging.

“The Pale Blue Eye”: Christian bale proves why he can be our best actor working today in this Netflix thriller, fully immersing himself in the role of a detective investigating ritual murders in 1830s West Point Academy.

“The corridors of power”: A documentary feature that is eligible for this year’s Oscar shortlist, it is a fascinating and intense look at how American leaders have responded to reports of genocide abroad since the fall of the Soviet Union.

“EO”: The best foreign film of the year may well be this Cannes Jury Prize-winning Polish entry, which focuses almost silently on a soulful donkey and its life both in captivity and during rare moments of freedom. Beautiful, occasionally heartbreaking, and totally inventive.

Abbott Elementary”: Switching to television, this series set in a Philadelphia elementary school that focuses on teachers rather than students pulls off the difficult trick of being both hilarious and painstakingly realistic.

“Breaking off”: This alternately funny and terrifying Apple TV+ psychological thriller follows a biotech company that uses a medical procedure to control the minds and memories of its employees, with adam scott starring fascinating and witty.

“Better call Saul”: No, this “Breaking Bad” spin-off wasn’t nearly as good as the original, but even 80% of it’s good is pretty spectacular. It’s time for the Golden Globes or the SAGs or someone to give and star Bob Odenkirk a little bit of love.

“Restart”: A magnificent cast headed by Keegan-Michael Key, Rachel Bloom Y Johnny Knoxville feeds a surprisingly clever and entertaining Hulu series of “Modern Family’s” steven levitan about a dysfunctional cast that comes together for the money.

“Only murders in the building”: what can you say about Steve Martin Y short martin? They’re absolutely adorable (and so is Selena Gomez) in a Hulu series that is sometimes too precious but always funny and winking pensively at us.

Bear”: Another half hour of Hulu (via FX) about a young guy (jeremy allen white) returning to his family’s Chicago steakhouse to run things, he is plagued with stress, anxiety, tension, and ultimately, brilliance.

And finally, a book (yes, sometimes I read too).

“Lawrence Tierney: Hollywood’s Real Life Tough Guy”: A biography of the author burt kearns which officially comes out December 6th and entertainingly details the wacky life of the bellicose actor who once got into a fistfight on the set of “Reservoir Dogs” with Quentin Tarantino. Highly recommended.

As you can see, ladies and gentlemen, we have more than enough things to be thankful for today. Therefore, it behooves us to be of good cheer.

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

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